Posted by: africanpressorganization | 21 October 2010

Côte d’Ivoire / UNOCI head receives new acting representative of UNICEF





Côte d’Ivoire / UNOCI head receives new acting representative of UNICEF



ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast, October 21, 2010/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Côte d’Ivoire, Y.J. Choi, on Wednesday, 20 October 2010, received the new Acting Representative of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Catherine Mbengue.


After the meeting, Ms Mbengue said that the discussion naturally revolved around the United Nations’ activities related to development and humanitarian actions, with a focus on the issue of violence against children. She said that despite the appointment by the UN Secretary-General of a Special Representative for violence against children in 2009, the phenomenon was still recurrent in most of the countries going through a crisis. “Since Côte d’Ivoire is not an exception, Mr. Choi promised that the United Nations will work together effectively on the issue of violence against children and women,” she said.


For the newly-appointed Acting Representative of UNICEF, Côte d’Ivoire was one of the countries in the sub-region which was known for providing education for children before the negative impact of the crisis on its education system. “UNICEF, with other partners and donors like Japan, are working so that children can continue their education during this crisis period and to reconstruct the education system at the same time by building schools,” Ms Mbengue said, outlining her organisation’s contribution.


Ms Mbengue also expressed her opinion about the presidential election and the crisis-resolution. “For us what matters is that we very quickly have stable institutions in the country, people start working again and children reunite with their families and are able to go to school in a quiet environment without crisis”.



Mission of UN in Côte d’Ivoire



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